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 Posted: Tue Apr 15th, 2008 03:53 pm
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Adam Eaton comes to mind. The Phillies threw a ton of money at him for no apparent reason. I know the guy has potential like crazy but he is a fly ball pitcher that has issues with homers. Who in their right mind would think that the easiest (or close to it) park in the majors to hit home runs would be a good fit for the guy? Horrible signing.

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Barry Zito by SF Giants.

Danny Jackson by the Cubs.

A shitload of Centers in the NBA.



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Mike Hampton by the Braves

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Carl Pavano. 

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HBF wrote: Carl Pavano. 

Winner!

The Texas Rangers ( after the Chan Ho Park debacle ) respectfully disagree.



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CanadianHorseman wrote: HBF wrote: Carl Pavano. 

Winner!

The Texas Rangers ( after the Chan Ho Park debacle ) respectfully disagree.

The Rangers always come with an asterisk, since they're obviously run by the developmentally disabled, and have been for most of their existence.

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The Sonics signed Jim McIlvaine as a free agent from the Bullets in 1996 to a 7 year contract worth nearly $34 million. That contract served as the gold standard for bad NBA free agent deals for a long time.

Bobby Bonilla's free agent deal with the Mets in 1992 for $25 million over 5 years ended up being a bad deal. He had some okay years, but nothing like he had in Pittsburgh and eventually the Mets bought out his contract more than a year early.

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Vin Baker with the NBA Sonics.

Larry Brown with the Raiders.

And the benefactor of the first huge money NBA contract: Jon Koncak of the Hawks, who got a contract worth more than Michael Jordan was earning at the time, when he probably wasn't even in the top 40% of centers in the league.



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clawmaster wrote: Barry Zito by SF Giants.



Bingo!

Giants are better off with him injured. Only problem is he never misses a start.



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I saw a Larry Brown reference, but pretty much anyone who left the Cowboys dynasty teams received a big payday and was a bust. I can't think of one exception. Am I wrong, 'Boys fans?



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Kid_Naitch wrote: I saw a Larry Brown reference, but pretty much anyone who left the Cowboys dynasty teams received a big payday and was a bust. I can't think of one exception. Am I wrong, 'Boys fans?
Not a Cowboys fan, but:


Alvin Harper-bust with Tampa Bay

Ken Norton Jr-left and won a SB the next year with SF, right?  He turned out okay.

Kelvin Martin-bust in Seattle (?)

 



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Kid_Naitch wrote: I saw a Larry Brown reference, but pretty much anyone who left the Cowboys dynasty teams received a big payday and was a bust. I can't think of one exception. Am I wrong, 'Boys fans?
Ken Norton Jr. had some pretty good years in SF and Russell Maryland did OK in Oakland.  Other than those 2 the rest of the ex-Cowboy signings were pretty much wasted $$$. Of course those players did bring a little bit of that good old Cowboy mystique to their new teams. ;)    HOW BOUT THEM COWBOYS !!!!!!!!!



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thunderbolt wrote: And the benefactor of the first huge money NBA contract: Jon Koncak of the Hawks, who got a contract worth more than Michael Jordan was earning at the time, when he probably wasn't even in the top 40% of centers in the league.


This was the ultimate sucker's deal. At the time Detroit and Atlanta were the best teams in the Central Division. NBA free agency allowed players to become limited free agents in that they could sign a deal with another team, but if their original team matched the offer, the player had to stay where he was. Koncak was with the Hawks and signed an offer with Detroit worth about $11 million spread over about 7 years or so. I think Koncak was playing behind either Tree Rollins, Moses Malone or both. In either case, he wasn't even the starter although he was considered a good reserve who had the potential to start. The Hawks didn't want to lose Koncak to their main divisional rival, so it matched the offer and kept Koncack. Of course he never developed and that contract was a drag on the team for years afterwards. A lot of people think that Detroit didn't want Koncak and just signed him to force Atlanta to eat up cap room by matching the offer and also ruin team chemistry by making a backup one of the highest paid players on the team.

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You know this board is pretty good when we are having discussions about Jon Koncak.

I'll also second Jim Mcllvaine, that was an atrocious deal.

--Desmond Howard (GB to OAK)
--The Knicks blowing their salary cap exception a couple years ago on Jared Jeffries
--Seahawks signed CB Nate Odomes from the Bills to huge money. He never played a regular season down for them because he blew out both of his knees multiple times.
--Rangers signing defensive C Bobby Holik from the Devils for about 5 times what he was worth. Awful.
--Jets signing Neil O'Donnell from the Steelers.
--Browns signing of Andre Rison

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One other Isiah Thomas/Knicks signing. A couple years ago, he gave a huge contract to Seattle big man Jerome James because he had a nice series guarding Tim Duncan in the playoffs. Is James even in the league anymore?

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